Midland Park Public Education Foundation Awards $11,200 In Grants to District Teachers


Midland Park, NJ – November 2014 – The Midland Park Public Education Foundation (MPPEF) today announced it has awarded fourteen grants totaling $11,200 to teachers in the district’s three public schools.  Since its inception in 2007, the MPPEF has provided educators with more than $220,000 in supplemental funds with the goal of supporting and enhancing new and innovative ways of learning.

“Our teachers have so many creative ways of advancing the education experience, but like many districts, the funds are not always there,” said Cheryl Crocitto, President of the Midland Park Public Education Foundation. “It is a great privilege to see the excitement on the teachers’ and children’s’ faces when they hear about the grants and the new programs that will be introduced in their classrooms.”

The fourteen grants span an array of subjects throughout the district’s three schools:

Midland Park High School

  • Live from Neuro Surgery LSCEnable students to view brain surgery via videoconferencing at the Liberty Science Center.
  • Students2Science Lab Experience Expose students to advance scientific principals by working in a functioning lab for a day.
  • Gardening at the High School Expand the garden in the front of the school and courtyard by the horticulture club, Consumer Based Instruction (CBI) and student volunteers.
  • Next Generation Science Standards-We Are ReadyPurchase an IPAD and equipment to enhance problem based learning units on genetically modified food and also compost and waste disposal.
  • Go Pro Camera Purchase a Go Pro camera for the broadcasting students to aid them in developing high quality productions.
  • Palisades Climb AdventureA climbing experience for all 8th graders, to challenge students with obstacles and strength, balance, agility while incorporating teamwork.

 Highland School

  • Percussion Clinic Grant 2014 – Will provide instruction to the 4-6 grade percussion students, from a professional percussionist.
  • Funomenon: Hitouch hitech – Offers a hands-on learning experience to the entire 3rd grade involving natural disasters such as: tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • Our Living Planet – Brings a hands-on science laboratory to the entire 4th grade teaching them about air, land and water pollution.
  • Document Cameras for Resource Rooms Document cameras will allow worksheets to be projected on the interwrite board for the resource rooms.
  • Follett Digital Audio BooksFor the purchase of approximately 27 audio books for grades 3 thru 6.

 Godwin School

  • Traveling instrument for a Traveling Teacher – For the purchase of a guitar to expand the number and types of musical activities at Godwin and Highland Schools
  • What’s the Matter – Science Made FunWill bring a hands-on science experiment on matter to the entire second grade.
  • High Touch, High Tech – Will bring a field trip right into the classroom for the entire 1st grade.  Students will participate in a hands-on science experiment with magnets and will make their very own elecomagnet.

The Midland Park Public Education Foundation raises money to fund grants that will strengthen our school system for all our children. By sharing in this goal, our community serves as a vital partner with our district administration, Board of Education, and faculty in providing the tools they need to bring academic excellence to our children.

The Midland Park Public Education Foundation is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization that enhances and supports new curriculum initiatives and enrichment opportunities within Midland Park’s public school system.

For more information on upcoming events and to learn about grants funded, please visit www.mppef.org , visit us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.


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